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tv   [untitled]    July 18, 2012 7:15am-7:29am PDT

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students and people. they represent the highest standard of service the san francisco police department has to offer. [applause] >> for this at the brewery, they will be presented the bronze medal of valor. [applause]
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>> i would like to call up a captain stephen tacchini, and
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officers jones and tapang. good evening. i would like to introduce officer brian jones, and eric tapang. on saturday, september 17, 2011 what working uniform patrol in the broadway corridor of columbus and broadway, officers were summoned. did the to and ask for their assistance in obtaining a subject that appeared to be acting suspicious, and was possibly wanted for criminal act. officers approached the subject.
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as they did so, they noticed he was rolling a marijuana cigarette in his hand. officer tapang remove the cigarette from the man's hand. his immediate response was to flee from officers. saturday night on broadway is pure chaos at 2:00 in the morning. hundreds of people leaving the nightclubs. these officers are chasing this person down the crowded street. as the chase went on for a few yards, but the suspect reached underneath his jacket. he withdrew a tech 9 automatic pistol. he was running down broadway and took the weapon and he there to scare the officer, and pointed the pistol right at officer. officer jones, seeing the threat to the officer and everyone else nearby, fired a shot to protect an officer.
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almost immediately after that, officer tapang was able to catch up with the suspect and wrestle him to the ground, and they were able to take the suspect into custody and secure the pistol. when they checked the weapon they found it had 22 rounds of ammunition in the magazine. so it was clearly a catastrophe waiting to happen as these officers took action. they could have taken a defensive position. they could have taken cover and employed officer safety tactics, but instead, the move to forward to take action to protect their lives, the other officer lives, and hundreds of others on broadway at that time. clearly what they did was an act of heroism and very courageous under the circumstances there were facing. they were outgunned. so without a doubt, officers tapang and brian jones prevented
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serious injury or a life that night. for that reason they are being presented a bronze medal of valor. [applause]
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commander beall will read the citations for sergeant manning. -- commander biel. it will be lots of times for photo opportunities after. >> good evening, everybody. i have the pleasure of introducing our sergeant dani el manning. there was a probation search on
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the home of a resident who was known to be armed and dangerous and narcotics trafficker. in the course of performing duties, sgt manning encounter the suspect with a gun in his hand. in the days prior to the incident, sgt manning learned the resident of 60 kashmir, was dealing narcotics out of the residents. they conducted an investigation and learn a resident of 60 kashmir was robert hackert, a man with a history of violence in numerous felony convictions. on the morning of february 16, a team of officers who set up outside the apartment to conduct a probation search. once it was determined that sector was in sight, the officer's watch for several hours as this aspect -- suspects came and left sparking a suspicion that he was engaged in narcotics trafficking that day. there was a female suspect that
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the brought to children inside the suspected drug house. at 10:30 hours he emerged from the front door and had a cell phone conversation before going back inside. at 11:30 a male subjects and to the house and officers took the time of advantage to make their approach to the front door and yelled out police, a provision search and enter the residence. manning encountered heckert walking down a hallway toward him. manning sa anw a concerning said. he sought a loaded gun in his hand. he instinctively call that gun to officers and anyone else. he grabbed for the gun, and they were engaged in locked in hand- to-hand combat. heckert pulled him into our rear
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bedroom and they struggled for control of the weapon. they flipped over a corner of the bed. manning was able to land on top of him and tried to pin him against the wall between the bed in order to control his arm. that is when the situation went from bad from worse as he grabbed active-duty gun and try to pull it from the holster. manning called for help and alerted the other officers that he was going for his gun. the other officers responded into the room. macmillan jumped into the struggle and pointed the gun at his head. he stated, let it go, or i will shoot. heckert let the get go. the officers took him into custody and saw fire arm that was formally in his hand was now under his body. when they lifted him up, they
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saw even more disturbing, a three-month old baby was on the bed to feet from where the two men had just been engaged in a violent struggle. manning told him that they were there for a provision search, and were still undeterred from his mission. hector stated that he had the gun for his own protection. he continued to search your the bed and found another weapon. a semi-automatic loaded pistol just a few feet from the scene of the bike. in this situation, i believe the courage and fortitude the sergeant manning displayed here not only save his life, the lead of his partners, and the life of
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the three-month old child on the bed, and for that he is being awarded the bronze medal of valor. [applause] >> sergeant orkes will read the
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citation. >> good evening. please allow me to introduce three members of the san francisco police department that i am proud to call heroes. sgt josh espinoza, officer ha, and officer solorzano. december 31, this batch had a call that a vehicle was on fire at 1645 folsom street and indicated -- they did not indicate if anyone was in the car or not. sgt espinoza was the first unit
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on the scene. he arrived on the scene, did a quick survey and then notified dispatch of what was going on. while surveying the scene, he realized an individual was trapped in the driver's seat in the car was engulfed in flames. fully knowing the danger that was in front of him, he did not hesitate. he immediately ran to the car and began to attempt to remove the individual from the burning vehicle. once he reached the vehicle, he realized the person was unconscious and still strapped in his car. at this point the flames began to blow over the windshield. the fire department was still not on scene. even though the heat was intense and possibility of the gas tank could explode at any time, sergeant espinoza did not retreat.
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at this time, officer ha and solorzana arrived on scene. they were amazed at what they saw. they saw him trying to break a window of the car. they knew the danger and immediately